Quarterback and Tight End Streamers: Week 2
With more and more fantasy owners opting to wait on the quarterback and tight end positions in drafts, streaming each position has become a viable option. This is made easier by the fact that there are usually solid options on the waiver wire. Each week this column will scour the waiver wire and look for quarterbacks and tight ends who are less than 50% owned and could be worth starting for your fantasy team. All ownership percentages come from Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans (46% owned)
@ Cleveland Browns
Mariota turned in a debut for the ages this past Sunday against the Buccaneers, throwing for 209 yards and four touchdowns, while adding six rushing yards. The caveat here is that Tampa Bay’s defense could be really bad this season. On the plus side, he is taking on a Browns defense that was just shredded by journeyman quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Mariota likely won’t throw for four touchdowns again, but most weeks he should give you a nice floor with his rushing yardage. He should be one of the hottest waiver wire pickups of the week so be sure you get your claim in, even if it’s just to block a fellow owner from acquiring his services.
Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills (10% owned)
vs. New England Patriots
Taylor far exceeded expectations as a passer in his debut as Buffalo’s starting quarterback. He was very efficient against the Colts, completing 14-of-19 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown. He also added 41 yards on the ground. This upcoming matchup against New England should be a good gauge for Taylor’s potential. New England’s secondary is not very strong, but it is also hard to underestimate a Patriots defense against a young quarterback. Much like Mariota, Taylor’s rushing potential will give him a nice floor and if Percy Harvin can continue to play like he did Sunday, Taylor might just be a solid QB2 going forward.
Ladarius Green – San Diego Chargers (20% owned)
@ Cincinnati Bengals
Green was surprisingly active on Sunday against the Lions after sustaining a concussion earlier in the week. He rewarded fantasy owners who were paying attention, going off for five catches, 74 yards, and a touchdown. Green has long been a prospect with loads of potential yet to capitalize on it. He may just have turned the corner and has three more games without Antonio Gates around to prove Week 1 wasn’t a fluke.
Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions (8% owned)
@ Minnesota Vikings
Ebron turned in a nice performance during Detroit’s loss to the Chargers on Sunday. He hauled in four-of-five targets for 53 yards and a touchdown. He could have been in line for a bigger game, but Matthew Staffford and the Lions offense went cold in the second half of the game. Ebron was a highly regarded tight end prospect coming out of college and although he had a disappointing rookie year, many rookie tight ends struggle during their first season. Ebron is worth a look if your team is thin at the tight end position.